Noise Abatement

Martha’s Vineyard Airport works with our pilots on a voluntary basis to abate and mitigate noise issues as much as possible.  If you have a specific issue or concern please let us know so we can address it. Please utilize our Online Complaint Form.

Airport Noise Frequently Asked Questions

NBAA Noise Abatement Program

Noise Abatement Program - Noise Contours

Helicopter Noise:

-Helicopters generally fly under visual flight rules (VFR), where they are  not under control of Air Traffic Control (ATC) resulting in ATC not controlling where the helicopter flies. (helicopters are under control of ATC when in the airport’s traffic pattern).

- If you believe the helicopter is flying unsafely, then this is an issue for your local FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO).  https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/field_offices/fsdo/bos/local_more/media/lowfly.pdf 

Medical Flights:

Med-Flight or United States Coast Guard aircraft routinely transport patients from Martha’s Vineyard to area hospitals on the mainland any hour day or night. These helicopters may fly directly to Martha’s Vineyard airport for patient transport or depending on weather conditions or patient condition fly directly to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital Helipad. During some conditions the helicopter may land at the hospital and drop off its medical crew and transition to the airport for fueling and then return to the hospital. https://www.bostonmedflight.org/medical-helicopter-transport/

Military Aircraft Noise:

The FAA does not have the authority to regulate the operations of military aircraft. If you live near a military installation, you should try contacting their noise office or community relations department for more information on their operations in your community. https://www. 104fw.ang.af.mil

  • Martha's Vineyard Airport, 71 Airport Rd, West Tisbury, MA 02575